Are Trade Shows Dead?
How appropriate I write this on Thursday, as the ultimate throwback Thursday. One of the biggest highlights of UNB has been going to Vegas and spending time with people in the industry. I would meet them at the show, and we even did a Meet & Greet at the Luxor for many years. But over the years, the number of brands has decreased from a high of 40 to 8 the last time I went to Project (you remember the one I went to the Hospital, ugh).
Shortly after my last trip to Vegas, COVID took over the world, and the Aug 2020 and Feb 2021 shows were canceled. But, they decided to put on the August 2021 show. I booked my hotel and airfare back in May, thinking, “Hey, it’s hot girl summer, we’ll be back to normal, no masks, and it will be a somewhat normal trip to Vegas.” Well, that was WRONG. Cases in lower Nevada are a national hotspot for Covid. I have been double vaxed, so I should be good, but I know three people who were double vaxed who caught covid.
As the list looks right now there are about 4 brands that I will possibly see and I haven’t found out who are in suites yet. I think COVID put an end to the underwear brands going to trade shows. Usually, I go all out and do a ton of amazing posts for Magic but my last few months have been rough on me. I had a health scare that occupied me from May till July. I have since been given the all-clear but for weeks it was on my mind. But it Made me think, I am going to run a lot of the Survey results over the four days I am gone. There may be only 2 posts a day. Because I hope I can relax some, but if I’m in my hotel room destressing, I may post a few new posts, wifi willing.
My plan for the show is:
- Go so the Show that Monday and see what’s up. I will probably be done that day.
- Go to some seminars on growing a business, I mean it can’t hurt since I’m registered
- Mask up everywhere! Yeah I’m Going to be that guy in the casinos and I don’t care.
- Try to have some fun and relaxation after my last horrible trip to Vegas.
- Meet up with some local friends and hopefully one of our new podcasters (You’ll hear more about that later)
I will do a follow up and let you know how it went. But being a store gives me more access and makes things a lot easier. Registering to be press was a pain in the @ss, and they always lost my registration. Now as a retailer/buyer I get right in and have no issues.